Home to thousands of fish species and vibrant corals, the Maldives offers much to be discovered for those venturing into the water. Here are some of the highlights.
The country features a range of coral varieties that add vivacious colour to the underwater landscapes. In the Maldives, water villa with private pool accommodation options offer easy access to the lagoon or ocean where you can see such corals. From brain and carnation corals to staghorn and star corals, a world of wonder awaits.
Don’t worry, sharks are not the kind depicted in movies like Jaws or more recently, The Meg! Diving excursions from resorts the likes of The Residence Maldives Dhigurah by Cenizaro provide a great way to see some of the country’s 14 shark species; these include grey reef sharks, tiger sharks, blacktip reef sharks and the largest of them all, whale sharks.
Easy to spot when snorkelling in Maldives, reef fish are an integral part of the marine ecosystem. Kids will love the fact they may see clownfish and surgeonfish which they may recognise as Nemo and Dory respectively! Parrotfish, damselfish, triggerfish and angelfish are a few of the many other fish found here.
Rays and Turtles
To see massive manta rays gliding through the water is a truly unforgettable sight; as are sightings of whip rays and eagle rays. The Maldives is also where you will find five of the world’s seven sea turtle species with the hawksbill turtle and green sea turtle amongst the most commonly spotted varieties.